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Spring 2015 Events

 

HIGHLIGHTS: Scroll down to read reviews by the date of the event

Spring: (April - June 2015)
April 8. Ukulele Mixed Plate at The Shops at Wailea. 
April 25. Maui Steel Guitar Festival at Kaanapali Beach Hotel.
May 1. Oral History & Sing-Along Program at Kaunoa Senior Center, Spreckelsville.
June 11. Oral History & Sing-Along Program at Bailey House Museum, Wailuku.
June 13. Upcountry Fair at Oskie Rice Park, Olinda.
June 28 Kokua I Ka Hale Pule at Bailey House Museum, Wailuku.

REVIEWS

April 8. Ukulele Mixed Plate at The Shops at Wailea. (for Ukulele Mixed Plate info)

For the first time at this Wednesday event, Rich played my ukulele and sang as I danced two hula, Puamana and Honolulu I'm Coming Back Again. We planned on my dancing since our usual two hula dancers were in Hilo for the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival. However, as I was introducing the first song, Puamana, I spotted a young Japanese woman in the audience moving her hands in hula movements, and thus I invited her up on stage to dance with me. It was great to be spontaneous! She didn't know the second hula, so I danced that as a solo. Another first for this event was the addition of an MC who introduced us, and setup the sound system for the warm up act and for the two young men who performed after our show and ukulele lesson. The amplified sound was so loud it made it difficult for me to talk to people in the audience before and after our show. Afterwards, a mother and young teenage girl came up to say thank you. They related to me saying I went to music school, as the girl wants to study sound engineering and put her love of engineering and music together. What a great idea, especially in this digital age! "Will you be here next week?" asked a woman who purchased one of my books and our CD. "I've been coming just to hear you sing," said Alan, a Maui resident. (Read more) (See photos) (Summary of January-April events

April 25. Maui Steel Guitar Festival at Kaanapali Beach Hotel. (for current workshop info)

Forty-three people came to three 'Ukulele Strumming Workshops at the 7th annual Maui Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Kaanapali Beach Hotel. This was my third year of teaching, and the first time I offered pre-registration for each workshop on my website and linked from the festival's website. The announcement worked great! We hope to be invited back next year for the April 15-17, 2016 festival. (Read more) (See photos)

May 1. Oral History & Sing-Along Program at Kaunoa Senior Center, Spreckelsville. 

Twenty-seven people signed up for my last of my Oral History & Sing-Along Series known as Lunch and Learn at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better. The PowerPoint presentation as on Na Lani Eha - The Four Royals and learning to sing some their compositions. The Friday program was popular with visitors and locals alike.

"I'm so glad I came to your program - your program was really good," commented Helene, a retired school teacher. "When are you going to be at Ukulele Mixed Plate?" asked another lady who had enjoyed our our free entertainment/group 'ukulele lessons at The Shops at Wailea. "We took our friends and you weren't there." Check the Event Calendar for upcoming events. (Read more) (See photos)

June 11. Oral History & Sing-Along Program at Bailey House Museum, Wailuku. 

Five people attended my Thursday program about King Kamehameha the Great on Kamehameha Day, a state holiday. During the 2-hour program, we sang 9 traditional Hawaiian songs, including learning the story behind the song, how to pronounce the Hawaiian words, and then learning to sing the songs the old Hawaiian way by listening to the melody without reading music. This is the end of my commitment to present these programs at the Bailey House Museum for this season. (Read more) (See photos)

June 13. Upcountry Fair at Oskie Rice Park, Olinda.

"Welcome to our easy on the ears music of Hawaiian, pop, and jazz." The Hawaiian Serenaders welcomed the audience to the Upcountry Fair at 1pm, followed by the Maui Ukulele Pops Band at 2pm. We performed 11 songs during our first set, and then another 14 songs in our second set. Whew - that was a lot of music in 2-hours! It was fun to see people smiling and singing-along as we encouraged them to. The next time the Band plays at a free community event will be on November 14 for the Maui Ukulele Guild Exposition at Queen Ka'ahumanu Center. (Read more)

June 28. Kokua I Ka Hale Puleat Bailey House Museum, Wailuku. 

“Mele, let’s take a picture,” said Grammy Award winner George Kahumoku, Jr. after he and Steve performed on stage, and The Hawaiian Serenaders waited for our turn. We played 11 songs by memory during our 45-minute set, and thoroughly enjoyed the freedom of not being dependent on looking at music so we could freely look around at the audience. According to the Monday newspaper, “the fundraiser at the Bailey House Museum raised more than $5,000 that will help with needed repairs after a February storm damaged the 139-year-old church." (Read more)



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